Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We are so proud of La Chicana Collectiva!

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San Anto Cultural Arts would like to congratulate La Chicana Collectiva on their great art opening on December 19. The Collective is composed of two San Anto staff, Ruth Buentello y Cristina Ordonez, and three other loyal San Anto supporters, Mari Hernandez, Sarah Castillo, and Kristin Gamez. The Collective explored the theme of the Quinceanera in Latino cultura, and what it means to women around the age of 30 who missed it the first time around. They used multiple different media-- drawing, painting, video, fotography, and soundscape-- to create a body of work that both challenged traditional perceptions of that rite of passage and celebrated the women they have become.

Congratulations, Ruth, Cristina, Mari, Sarah, and Kristin!
We can't wait to see what happens next!
Viva La Chicana Collectiva!



To learn more about the exhibit, check out the Current's great article by Natalia Ciolko, and visit Mari Hernandez's blog.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays!

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Have a safe and fun holiday season!
We look forward to your support in the new year!

love,
San Anto Cultural Arts Board and Staff






The office will be closed December 22-27 for the Christmas holiday.


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chase What Matters!

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Friends y familia,

Chase Bank has come up with an exciting new way to give back to your community. Go to this link to learn more, but basically the gist is that if you search your favorite nonprofit (say, for example, San Anto Cultural Arts), you can cast your vote for them. If the organization gets enough votes, it will be eligible to get a nice chunk of change from Chase Community Giving. They're distributing $5,000,000 nationwide! Help us get in on that!

Here's what you do:
3. Become a fan of Chase Community Giving
4. Cast your vote for San Anto!

Help out San Anto!
VOTE



Muchos thank yous!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celebrating the Sound of the City: La Musica de San Anto Mural Blessing

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The Saturday before Thanksgiving, which was two days before Manny's birthday, San Anto blessed our 37th mural, La Musica de San Anto. Over a year in the making, La Musica is our biggest mural to date, and is one of our most special projects because of all of the superb musicians captured in its vibrant colors. These musicians include Doug Sahm, Randy Garibay, Eva Garza, Lydia Mendoza, Valerio Longoria, Clifford Scott, Felix Villarreal, Rocky Morales, and Rosita Fernandez. But we treasure this project especially because our late Executive Director, Manuel "Manny" Castillo, Jr. was added after his death in January. He is pictured doing something he loved best: tearin' up his drums.



La Musica has become something of a gateway to the Westside since it's located as cars pass coming over the Commerce bridge. We are extremely proud that the mural has been blessed and dedicated, and we hope that if you missed the blessing on November 21, that you will take a minute to drive by. It's located on the side of a bail bonds building at 1303 W. Commerce.



For more coverage of the event and the mural, check out the great article in the Southside Reporter by Nicole Marie Moore.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

EP Poetry Nite 2009

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El Placazo has been very blessed with high quality adult mentors over the last several months, the most recent additions being three Our Lady of the Lake University students who came in every Wednesday afternoon. These lovely ladies are English Education majors at OLLU, so they were practicing their craft by teaching our students some of the finer points of writing and journalism. The highlights, however, were their lessons in poetry. They taught the students about different types of poetry, how to write a good poem, and how to give a powerful reading. They worked for several weeks writing and rehearsing their poems, all leading up to the grand finale: a poetry reading at Guadalupe Street Coffee!!

All of the participants and some parents came out on Wednesday night to have an evening of poetry, fun, and fellowship. It was a great success! Here are some pictures from the event:


The students participated in a group reading on how to annoy your teacher. Hopefully they don't use this knowledge on Cristina! 

Serenity getting some last minute pointers from her mentor, Tess

Alexandra and her dad, Rico, reading a poem about her grandma (pictured on Rico's forearm)

Jeremiah G. reciting his poem

Erica, dressed in red, recited her poem about Big Red

Ashley proudly showing off what she wrote

Jeremiah V. and his mom, Dolores, practice her poem called "Toes"


Just another day with El Placazo: poetry reading and picture taking!


Special thanks to Liz, Melissa, and Tess for being such fabulous mentors,
Guadalupe Street Coffee for hosting us,
and our funders and supporters who helped make this event possible!

Gracias!


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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This Saturday: "La Musica de San Anto" Official Mural Blessing

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Join San Anto Cultural Arts' Community Mural/Public Art Program as we celebrate the unveiling of our 37th Mural en el mero hueso de San Anto! 
Saturday, November 21
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ish
1303 W. Commerce (on the side of a Bail Bonds)

Also known as the "Music Legends" mural, La Musica de San Anto (lead muralist: David Blancas) celebrates musicians across many different genres that have emerged from San Antonio. The musicians included in the mural are: Rocky Morales, Randy Garibay, Clifford Scott, Velereo Longoria, Manny Castillo, Lydia Mendoza, Eva Garza, Doug Sahm, and Felix Villarreal. There will be music and tributes from the musicians' families, good food, and of course a blessing by Father Marty Elsner of Guadalupe Church. We will also feature music by Ernie Gariby, Conjunto Kings of Flavio Longoria, and Snowbyrd, with DJ spinning by JJ Lopez. 

Special thanks to the following funders and supporters of this mural: City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Ruth Lang Charitable Fund and Dan & Gloria Oppenheimer Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way Community Building Committee, The George W. Brackenridge Foundation, The John and Florence Newman Foundation, H-E-B, Valero Energy Foundation, Fast Action Bail Bonds, A-Amigo Bail Bonds, Express Bail Bonds, and all the individual donors and volunteers.

As a point of clarification, we are aware that there are other events taking place on Saturday to celebrate the great success of this mural. The event listed above from 11 a.m. to 2 (ish) p.m. is the only official event by San Anto Cultural Arts. We hope to see you there!



Call 226.7466 for mas info!


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Friday, November 13, 2009

Exciting new initiative!

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+Do you love art?
+Do you love San Anto Cultural Arts?
+Do you love the art auction at our Huevos Rancheros Gala and Silent Art Auction but never seem to have the winning bid?

Have we got a deal for YOU!!

Because San Anto Cultural Arts is annually so blessed by how many artists donate their artwork to us for Huevos, we have a surplus of EXCELLENT arte that we have accrued over the years hanging out with us in our office (and for those of you who have been by, there's barely enough room for us to hang out, much less us and extra arte!!). So, in an effort to find good homes for this homeless art and make a little extra moolah for San Anto, we have established an account on....


That's right, www.ebay.com is now playing host to some of the artwork that has been donated to us over the years. We're still trying to figure it all out, but we're really excited about the potential it could have, but ONLY if YOU get on there and shop! 

So check it out! Right now we've only uploaded 3 pieces: one by Salvador Torres, one by Orlando Rodriguez, and one by Abraham Cantu. If you purchase one of those items (and any others that we list), San Anto Cultural Arts will receive 100% of the proceeds. Items can only be up for auction for 7 days, so you better act soon.
Help us out!
Search for these three items, or for our seller ID "sananto" for upcoming arte
Shop around!
What's not to love?


Also, if any of you are avid eBay-ers, you can donate part of your eBay winnings to San Anto! Contact Melinda at 226-7466 or melinda@sananto.org to find out how, or to give her tips on how to make eBay work for San Anto! 

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!!!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

A note from our Executive Director

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Dear San Anto Familia,
Happy Noviembre! It's hard to believe it's the middle of the month already! Time has flown by since Huevos because of all the exciting things going on around here...
  • First of all, our 12th annual Huevos Rancheros Gala and Silent Art Auction was a huge success! Even though it rained for the first time in Huevos history and we had to move everything from the Plaza Guadalupe to the Guadalupe Theatre with barely an hour to spare, around 600 people came out to celebrate the life and legacy of Manuel "Manny" Castillo. Los #3 Dinners and DJ Roach played, we enjoyed the delicious huevos rancheros from Lisa's Mexican Restaurant, and the art available for auction was some of the best we've seen in years. San Anto profited around $18,000, which is the most we have ever made. Huge gracias to everyone who came out to support San Anto Cultural Arts!
  • The students of El Placazo opened their first ever Juicebox Fotography Exhibit at Madhatter's on October 28. With the help of master fotographer Mari Hernandez, the students made pinhole cameras out of juiceboxes over the summer. The prints from that day are displayed in the back rooms of Madhatter's and will be up until the end of the month. Special thanks to Mari Hernandez for sharing her time and talents with the students and to Madhatter's for being so generous in hosting the exhibit and giving everyone a delicious tea party at the grand opening. Madhatter's is located at 320 Buearegard in the King William District.
  • San Anto Cultural Arts, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), Inner City Development, and San Jacinto Senior Home celebrated the 9th annual Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession. Read more and see pictures at Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession through fotos.

We've been doing a lot in the last month, but there are still more exciting things to come!
  • November 16 at Las Oficinas de Avenida Guadalupe Association from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: a Community Meeting to discuss San Anto Cultural Arts' proposed relocation to 2120 El Paso Street. This meeting is a chance to get to know San Anto's Staff, Board of Directors, participants, and programs, as well as learn about our proposed move from Chihuahua Street to El Paso Street. 
  • November 18 at Guadalupe Street Coffee from 6-7 p.m.: a Poetry Open Mic Nite with the El Placazo students and three adult mentors from Our Lady of the Lake University. The students will read their own poems and perform a group reading. 
  • November 21 at 1303 W. Commerce on the side of the Fast Action Bail Bonds from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: a celebration and blessing of our 37th mural del Mero Hueso, La Musica de San Anto. Join SACA, lead muralist David Blacas, DJ Jay Jay Lopez, Conjunto Kings de Flavio Longoria, Ernie Garibay, and other special musical guests to honor the talents and legacies of some of the musicians who made music in this city great.
We're doing a lot, but we're having fun! Thank you to all those who have participated in our events of the last month. We hope to see you sporting your San Anto pride at these next three events!

In Community,








Heather Eichling
Executive Director
San Anto Cultural Arts



*** Please note: San Anto Cultural Arts will be closed November 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.***
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession through fotos

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11.03.09
Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession:
A time to remember those who have passed on because of domestic violence, highlight that issue in this community, and celebrate the lives of all those who have gone before us.
Presente.


Paying respects to the altar of Sabrina Flores, a 16 year old girl who was murdered this year

Sabrina's mother adding her daughter's name to the Peace and Remembrance Mural


Community members came out to pay their respects to los muertos

Father Marty giving his blessing

Cool shot of the altar in front of the community home

Cristina and Lucy in front of the first stop

Cuco playing a meaningful song, encouraging positivity in life for children


At the San Jacinto Senior Home, getting ready for delicious tamales y street teatro

Los altares at the Senior Home

El muertito in front of an altar

Inner City's altar (foreground) and the altar to Manny (background)

It was a wonderful, emotional, and fun event. Muchas gracias to everyone who came to bring awareness to domestic violence in this community and celebrate life.

And to all the Muertos who are with us every day,
Presente.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

TONIGHT: Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession

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Monday, November 2, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
meet at the Peace and Remembrance Mural
(corner of San Patricio y Trinity)

One of San Anto Cultural Arts' favorite traditions is our annual Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession with the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, Inner City Development, and San Jacinto Senior Home honoring victims of domestic violence within our community. This year, in addition to honoring those whose lives have been touched by violence, San Anto will also be blessing and dedicating the restoration of the Nicho para la Virgen de Guadalupe located at the San Jacinto Senior Center.

The way the Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession works is that it goes in stages from the Peace and Remembrance mural to the San Jacinto Senior Home: 
  • At 6:30 p.m., we will start gathering at Peace and Remembrance to start doing face painting and setting up the altar. 
  • The Peace and Remembrance mural is special to the Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession because it honors those who have fallen victim to violence in our community by listing their names. Each year we add at least one more name to the wall to honor that person who recently passed. This year the family and friends of a 16 year-old girl who was murdered will speak and give testimony about her life. If there are other names that need to be added to the mural, community members may do so during the prayer by Father Marty and the original poem by a community elder.
  • The procession will begin around 7:45 p.m., mas o menos, with the lighting of the luminarias and moving the community mobile altars, which will honor Manny and other community leaders.
  • The first stop after the procession begins will be at a Westside home, where champurrado/atolewill be served and an original acoustic song will be performed.
  • From that home, the procession will continue on to the San Jacinto Senior Home. At San Jacinto Senior Home, participants will enjoy music, food, and streetteatro with big puppets. Participants are welcome to bring their ofrendas for the community altar that will be set up there. We will also have Manny's cream-colored station wagon "Tres Leches" on site for people to write down memories or messages to Manny on paper and post them on the car. Finally, we will bless the restoration of the Nicho para la Virgen de Guadalupe. Everything should be wrapping up around 9:30 p.m., mas o menos. 
As you can tell, a lot is going to be going on! Contact Cristina Ordonez or Ruth Buentello with questions at 226-7466. See you TONIGHT!!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

It was a dark and stormy night....

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... when a host of creatures-- a witch, the Bride of Chuckie, two ghouls, a mummy, Count Dracula, two cowgirls, el lucha libre, and superwoman-- descended on San Anto Cultural Arts. These creatures listened to spooky music and ghost stories, made owls out of moon pies, ate mountains of pizza and sweets, played Halloween word games, and battled in Witch's polo. These photos captured the creepy proceedings... 





Bride of Chuckie enjoying her creation

A ghoul, a cowgirl, and their owls


Superwoman and her owl

A whole nest of owls!




A satisfied customer 

Working on a word scramble

A witch, a mummy, el lucha libre, you know... standard fare.



A witch on her broomstick


Witch's Polo!



Prizes to the victors




Witches aren't the only ones who fly!

And the creepiest of all.... Big Red without Barbacoa!


El Placazo Halloween Party
October 29, 2009
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

TONIGHT at Madhatter's: Juicebox Photography Opening!

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Join photographer Mari Hernandez and the students of El Placazo as they celebrate the success of the first ever Juicebox Photography Workshop and Exhibition!
There will be music, food, and the chill ambiance of Madhatter's TeaHouse--
you don't want to miss out on this!!


Here's more from photographer/mentor Mari Hernandez about working with the kids:

"To say I work with the students at San Anto wouldn’t be completely true.  I don’t really work with them, we sort of hang out. You could say that I mentor them, but I think it’s more of a give and take relationship, because they teach me as much as I teach them. I have a hard time seeing myself as an authority figure in their lives, because I think the idea of another authority figure telling them what to and not to do might be discouraging.  So I see them as my friends, as little adults that I truly care about and love. Due to that, I worry about them, I wonder if they’re okay, I want to know what’s going on in their lives, and I hope to be able to help them if they ever needed it. I like to offer praise, and encourage them to go for their dreams, even if they may seem far off. I have faith in them. I like to have conversations with them about their favorite metal band, maybe watch a youtube music video that I have a hard time sitting through. I want all the details to the movie they say they are going to make, and that they gave the part of the butler to their dad leaves us in hysterics. I like it when they say they will teach me how to dance, and we waltz in the cozy space that is San Anto. I love it when I see the kid, who on the outside may look tough, laughing and smiling so big that I tear up, and wonder when I became such a big softy.

Access to art is limited for some, and I don’t completely understand why.  It’s a huge misconception to think art can only be produced by a certain type of people, from a certain place, and must be validated by some unknown. Everyone should have access to a creative outlet. In understanding this, I see the students at San Anto as being lucky. Creative people surround them, include them, and teach them. We show them how to engage their creativity in ways that empower them. To empower these students is my main goal, regardless of what form it may come in. That is why I hang out with them, why I share with them. A lot of the time minorities get the short end of the stick, and I want to make sure that’s not the case with them.

We live in a capitalistic society, where our desire for tangible things sometimes takes the front seat. Advertising is geared at youth, preying on them, making them think they must have the next digital-megablitz-talking-gadget, while at the same time our environment is crumbling around us.  I wanted to communicate to the students the theory of DIY and reuse in a way that would be interesting for them.  In making the juice box cameras, I feel as if all of the things I wished to say was communicated. They can make something by their own hand, from recycled materials, which can be of use, and they didn’t have to buy it. They can take a photograph that details they’re creative and artistic side. They were able to sit down, follow instruction, successfully produce, and walk away with a newfound knowledge, without breaking a sweat. That sounds empowering to me.

The mentors of our community have a big job. We are responsible for getting rid of the bad, and securing the good of our community, in order to pass it on to the next generation. I hope one of these days the students fully realize that, and they will participate in the same cycle of mentoring."

 
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Next WEDNESDAY: Juicebox Camera Pinhole Project Opening!!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Madhatter's TeaHouse

Join photographer Mari Hernandez and the students of El Placazo as they celebrate the success of the first ever Juicebox Photography Workshop and Exhibition!
There will be music, food, and the chill ambiance of Madhatter's TeaHouse--
you don't want to miss out on this!!


Mari Hernandez's 
ARTIST STATEMENT:

The juicebox pinhole camera is made in the spirit of DIY (Do It Yourself). Taking common, everyday materials the students we're able to make a camera by hand and produce images. 
The process promotes unbounded accessibility to creative outlets, and concentrates on the idea of recycle and reuse.  The workshop promotes and secures artistic awareness for the community, by the community. 



Call San Anto Cultural Arts at 226-7466 for more info. 
Read about the summer's workshop in the Mero Hueso blog post "Out of a Simple Juicebox, a Pinhole View to the World"




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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coming Soon... Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession and Nicho Blessing

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Monday, November 2, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
meet at the Peace and Remembrance Mural
(corner of San Patricio y Trinity)

One of San Anto Cultural Arts' favorite traditions is our annual Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession with the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, Inner City Development, and San Jacinto Senior Home honoring victims of domestic violence within our community. This year, in addition to honoring those whose lives have been touched by violence, San Anto will also be blessing and dedicating the restoration of the Nicho para la Virgen de Guadalupe located at the San Jacinto Senior Center.

The way the Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession works is that it goes in stages from the Peace and Remembrance mural to the San Jacinto Senior Home: 
  • At 6:30 p.m., we will start gathering at Peace and Remembrance to start doing face painting and setting up the altar. 
  • The Peace and Remembrance mural is special to the Dia de los Muertos Barrio Procession because it honors those who have fallen victim to violence in our community by listing their names. Each year we add at least one more name to the wall to honor that person who recently passed. This year the family and friends of a 16 year-old girl who was murdered will speak and give testimony about her life. If there are other names that need to be added to the mural, community members may do so during the prayer by Father Marty and the original poem by a community elder.
  • The procession will begin around 7:45 p.m., mas o menos, with the lighting of the luminarias and moving the community mobile altars, which will honor Manny and other community leaders.
  • The first stop after the procession begins will be at a Westside home, where champurrado/atole will be served and an original acoustic song will be performed.
  • From that home, the procession will continue on to the San Jacinto Senior Home. At San Jacinto Senior Home, participants will enjoy music, food, and street teatro with big puppets. Participants are welcome to bring their ofrendas for the community altar that will be set up there. We will also have Manny's cream-colored station wagon "Tres Leches" on site for people to write down memories or messages to Manny on paper and post them on the car. Finally, we will bless the restoration of the Nicho para la Virgen de Guadalupe. Everything should be wrapping up around 9:30 p.m., mas o menos. 
As you can tell, a lot is going to be going on! Contact Cristina Ordonez or Ruth Buentello with questions at 226-7466. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!


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